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israelis and palestinians are expected to resume. kate amara has more details. >> good morning. secretary of state hillary clinton launches these peace negotiations between israeli and palestinian leaders this morning. >> the prime minister of israel and the president of the palestinian national authority. >> the east room of the white house, a working dinner before the first face-to-face middle east peace talks in nearly two years at. >> i am hopeful that we cannot achieve the goal. >> president obama hosting keep mideast leaders as benjamin netanyahu and mahmoud abbas prepare for direct negotiations. both are promising to work for a long lasting agreement. >> we seek a peace that will last between us. >> we will sign an agreement and put an end to a very long period of struggle. >> president obama made it clear the latest outbreak of violence will not derail the efforts. >> both of them have the constituencies with legitimate claims and legitimate concerns. and a lot of history between them. >> king abdallah is also attending these talks. he suggested if the peace talks tells, it would
to prairies' here at home. kate amara has more on that. >> robert gates is in iraq this morning, meeting with troops. the president declared the war in iraq is over. after seven years and more than 4400 u.s. service members killed, president obama declared an end to u.s. combat operations in iraq. >> it is time to turn the page. >> the president said america remains committed to an independent and stable iraq. >> a transitional force will remain in iraq. >> republicans claimed success grew out of the troop surge strategy. >> i want to thank president obama for setting aside his past political rhetoric and recognizing the importance of the surge. >> the war in afghanistan and the fight against terrorism continue. >> we will turn ft al qaeda. >> he linked the war in iraq to the u.s. economy. >> put the millions of americans who have lost their job back to work. >> the 50,000 american troops that remain in iraq have to be out by 2011. live in washington, kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news. >> do you think if there is a chance u.s. troops will be in iraq past that deadline? >> the administration ha
for the nation. >> votes came in the middle of an economic crisis. kate amara joins us live from our washington bureau with the latest. >> good morning. maryland is one of seven states and the district of columbia holding primaries last night. it was a dramatic defeat in delaware that set the stage. the tea party winds again. christine o'donnell takes the senate primary with the backing of the tea party and sarah palin. >> it will be hard work. but we can win. >> she beat mike castle, a moderate. >> the of voters have spoken and i respect that decision. >> voters are angry with the status quo. >> just because voters are angry does not mean they will judge candidates with the same set of criteria. >> recent victories are good for conservatives possible bad news for republicans trying to win control of congress in november. >> anything can happen over the next couple of weeks. >> the republican party has said it will not fund christine o'donnell's general election campaign. live in washington, i am kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news. >> very interesting. how are some of the other big race is shaping up?
're joined live by kate amara. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. years from now, what do you think will be the lesson learned from the u.s. presence in iraq? e-mail your response to watercooler@wbaltv.com. again, that is watercooler@wbaltv.com. >> 70 degrees on tv hill. coming up, the morning's financial news in the bloomberg business report. >> nasa has found some new rth, but isefore bifor ea anybody home? anybody home? >> welcome back. is about 10 minutes after 6:00. 78 degrees downtown at the maryland science center. we will be in the mid 90's today. the air quality will be in the poor range. if you have respiratory problems, it may be affecting you today. upper 60's and low 70's in most spots. 72 in rock hall. the weather map looks almost exactly the same as yesterday. we will stay dry and hot today. there is one feature to talk about. there is a cold front coming across the midwest. it will get rid of the heat. the temperature will drop into the 70's by saturday and sunday. we think this front will kick earl away from the east coast. it is kind of a race. earl ma
in just two seconds? >> teenagers are asked to take that amount of time. we have more from kate amara. >> good morning. the government -- >> take two seconds to turn off your cell phone and take control of your safety before getting behind the wheel. young drivers are being asked to make that pledge today. >> for every two seconds you take your eyes from the road, you double your crash risk. you can injure or kill somebody. >> 86% of teenagers have driven while distracted even though 84% know it is dangerous. >> put down your cell phone. teenagers feel that they cannot multitask and do both. they cannot. >> more than 1/3 of teenage drivers have nearly crashed because of distracted driving. >> the percentages are off the charts with other teenagers in cars. >> this date may be targeted two teenagers, but it is a reminder to all drivers. keep your eyes and your attention on the road and keep the distraction turned off. aaa said parents can help by modeling good behavior. if your kids see you texting while driving, they will think it is ok. kate amara reporting. start while they are youn
kicks into high gear. >> president obama hits the road to talk about the economy. kate amara joins us live with more. >> good morning. it is all about jobs this week for president obama. creating jobs for americans who are out of work and saving the jobs of democrats in congress. president obama is taking his fight for control of congress on the road. stopping in crucial states and focusing on the economy and jobs. >> i knew it would take time to reverse the damage of a decade worth of policies that saw too few people being able to climb in the middle class. >> $200 billion over two years in tax breaks. just starting job growth by spending $50 billion by fixing roads and runways. >> we all knew that it would take more time than any of us want to dig ourselves out of this whole. >> the infrastructure plant was immediately criticized by republicans in congress. democrats asking for more money, said mitch mcconnell. >> stimulus spending, permanent bailouts, government takeovers have all failed to our nation. >> these proposals need republican support to pass. many believe that will not h
recess is now over. >> lawmakers return as the midterm campaign season is underway. kate amara is live in our washington bureau with the details. >> good morning. as lawmakers get ready to give back to work, democrats and republicans are sparring over the bush tax cuts which are set to expire at the end of this year. congress returns today with an aggressive agenda and a split focus -- tackling legislation and the economy. the economy is issue number 1. >> i want to do something for all americans who pay taxes. if we extend the tax cuts, we should extend the current tax rate to all americans. >> they have what it takes to turn the economy around. >> things are getting better. 3 million jobs have been created. we are not where we want to be. we want to get the 8 million jobs back. >> lawmakers facing pressure from the president, trying to push his strategy. >> let's get done what we all agree on. >> a battle for tax incentives and the fate of the bush era tax cuts. >> democrats want to eliminate them. it is a good defining issue before an election. >> it would cost four trillion dollars
to watercooler@wbaltv.com. >> the bush tax cuts expired december 31. >> kate amara joins us live with more on the story. good morning. happy friday. >> happy friday to you. democrats threw in the towel and will not pick up again until the lame duck session. no vote on tax cuts until after the midterm. democratic leader blamed the delay on uncooperative republicans. the issue -- on the minds of voters. >> make the tax cut permanent. >> the gop wants tax cuts extended across the board. it is a key component of the pledge to america. >> massive uncertainty for job creators. the american people are suffering. >> democrats say the agenda is a step in the wrong direction. >> their plan would take us back to the bush years. >> relief is on the way for some. a jobs bill designed to cut taxes and create jobs. >> 500,000 jobs without adding to the deficit. >> it is a $42 billion bill. the president is expected to sign it into law on monday. kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news. >> any chance we will see the house take any action on the tax cuts? crashed probably not. they have said they're waiting for the se
for the middle class. withamara jordan's us live more details -- kate amara joins us live. >> the battle lines over the bush tax cuts were clearly drawn. but then dozens of democratic defectors, including frank kratovil, defected. 31 democrats have crossed over. in a letter to nancy pelosi, the house members are voicing their opposition to the president's plan. he wants to extend tax cuts to the middle class will let them expire for america's highest earners. >> i understand there is an election coming up. we were not sent here to just think about our jobs. >> republicans and a growing chorus of democrats say raising taxes will hurt the economic recovery and small businesses. >> this month, we need to stop the tax hikes and we need to cut spending. >> most americans do not agree, showing there is strong support for the president's plan to raise taxes on the rich. this new poll contains a snapshot of the party. 34% think there lawmaker deserves to be reelected. the president's approval record is about 47%. kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news. >> the parties are arguing about the economy. is anything ge
started sparring over tax cuts and the economy. kate amara has details. >> good morning. the gop wants to expand the bush-era tax cut for everybody. democrats have offered up a plan of their own. the fight over your tax bill is raging in washington. president obama trying to extend tax cuts and engaging in what he calls a wrestling match with republicans. >> we cannot give away $700 billion to people who do not need it. >> republicans claim the administration's plan would only stifle job creation. >> now they want to drive another nail into the coffin by expanding their businesses and creating jobs. >> democrats say they can get small businesses to start hiring if lawmakers moved a jobs bill ahead today. better access to credit and capital. >> small businesses are holding off on hiring. banks are holding on to their capital. they are waiting for us to act. >> this measure could create up to 500,000 jobs. republicans call it costly and ineffective. live in washington, i am kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news. >> with all the barbs being traded back and forth, what does the future look like for
the six month mark. >> polls show the public remains skeptical. kate amara has an update on health care reform. >> good morning. the administration is reintroducing the health-care overhaul to the public today. this comes six months after it was introduced into law. >> we are done. >> health care reform turns six months old. president obama will mark the milestone today. >> the president will talk about how reform is already changing people's lives. >> several major changes take effect on thursday. parents are now allowed to insure their students through the age of 25. >> we are putting an end to the worst concerns. >> making preventive care a priority. most policies must now pa $100y ay 100%. >> but according to a new poll, six months after the law was signed, the public does not know what is in it. republicans have pledged to repeal the over all if they regain control of congress. the administration believes that strategy will backfire since it would mean taking provisions away from consumers. kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news. back to you. >> how does the president plan to mark the milesto
elections. kate amara is in washington. >> good afternoon. at the president plans to unveil more details of its economic strategy today, talking about tax breaks, giving some and taking some white. president barack obama is back on the road -- taking some away. president barack obama is back on the road, hoping to score political points in the process. in ohio today, he is set to announce a $200 billion tax cut for businesses, allowing firms to write off 100% of spending on equipment and painting republicans as the party of no. >> their slocan is no, we -- slogan is no, we can't. >> officials say he will also argue against extending the bush income tax cuts for the richest families. the white house is trying to change the narrative and 80 run- up to the midterm elections -- trying to change the narrative in the run-up to midterm elections. republicans argue that democrats need to stop spending. >> jobs and the economy are the number-one issue in this campaign. >> both parties are using the economy to gain ground in november. in washington, i'm kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news. >> dialysis tre
with voters. it will be unveiled at a hardware store in virginia. i am kate amara reporting. >> it is an ongoing debate. >> the issue is whether or not to put a slots parlor in in arundel mills. jennifer franciotti has more on the debate. >> good morning. david cordish is the developer who wants to put in the slots parlor and he has been going door to door to garner support. he has knocked on 500 doors telling anyone who'll listen about the plan. the creation of 4000 new jobs. those who oppose slots have teamed up with the american jockey club. voters will decide this issue. if they vote no, slot zoning starts from scratch. this will be a giant step backwards, according to cordish. >> to get this back in gear, the lawyers we have heard on both sides say five years minimum. $2.5means the state's loss billion because you're starting from scratch. >> you may have seen those anti- slots tv ads. he believes they are funded by a company that already has a slots license in cecil county. reporting live, jennifer franciotti. >> thank you. that brings us to our water cooler question o
televised town hall meeting today, the focus, jobs. 11 news reporter kate amara joins us live from washington with the latest. good morning, kate. >> good morning, mindy. good morning, stan. just six weeks to go now till election day, and so president barack obama is hitting the campaign trail. today, that includes cable tv. >> hello! >> a black tie dinner at the height of campaign season. president barack obama continues to spread his economic message. >> it was about a plan to rescue our economy and rebuild it on a new foundation. >> the campaigner-in-chief hits the trail in earnest this week, rallying voters, raising money for democratic candidates, and talking directly to americans today during a televised town hall-style meeting on jobs and the economy. >> i think the president has to -- like a razor blade -- go after the single issue upper most in the minds of the american people, and that's employment. >> the g.o.p. is pushing back, hoping to regain power on capitol hill in november, accusing democrats of spending too much. >> democrats' job-killing policies have left our sm
. >> kate amara joins us live with the details. good morning. >> good morning. president obama will be pushing his economic message this week on it for this state campaign swing from virginia to mexico and beyond. president obama signs the small business jobs bill into law today, a move that helps democrats show they are focused on revving up a sputtering economy. >> we have to keep pushing growth to create the jobs and prepare the job the recession has done. >> campaign stops plant to help push democrats over the top in november. >> we will continue to focus on clean energy jobs and we will continue to focus on the economy. >> republicans believe the economy is issued number one. >> we have to do something to keep the economy moving. >> voters will be looking for a change. >> they know the way to change it is to change the congress. you don't get to make changes unless you get elected. >> president obama will be focusing on a group that got him elected, young voters. kate amara, and wbal-tv 11 news. >> with lawmakers so focus on the midterm elections, is there any work getting
reporter kate amara is there with a look at what lies ahead. >> good afternoon, sara. the gop wants to extend the bush era tax cuts for everyone. but democrats say america can't afford it and have offered up a plan of their own. >> the fight over your tax bill is raging in washington. president obama trying to extend tax cuts to all but america's top eriners engaging in what he calls a wrestling match with republicans. >> >> we can't give money away to folks who don't need it and think we're going to balance our budget that way. >> now they want to drive another nail in the coffin, a massive tax hike on the very people who will grow the economy. >> but democrats say they can get small businesses to start higher if law makers move a jobs bifment designed to give better access to credit and capital. >> small businesses are holding off and hiring while they wait for us to act. >> senator reid says this measure could create up to half a million jobs, but republicans call the measure costly and in effective. there are procedural votes scheduled on the bill later today. i'm kate amara. ba
the economy. 11 news kate amara joins us live with more on the story. >> good morning. >> good morning. so i know we've been talking about this all week. by today the president will unveil more details of his economic strategy, focusing on tax cuts today. giving some, and taking some away. >> president obama back on the road, pushing his plan to boost the economy, hoping to score political points in the process. >> in ohio today, he's set to announce a $200 billion tax cut for businesses allowing firms to write off 100% of spending on new equipment and painting republicans as the party of no. >> their slogan is no, we can't. nope. no. no. >> officials say president obama will also argue against extending the bush era tax cuts for the nation's richest families. the white house trying to change the narrative in the runup to the midterm elections. >> it's a great strategy but tuff to do because voters become cynical. republicans argue demonstrates need to stop spending. >> jobs are the number one issue in this campaign. >> both parties clearly using the economy to try to gain ground in november
. kate amara joins us live with more on the story. >> good morning. senate democrats are hoping a test vote on the tax bill will help them score with voters back home. with the midterm elections five weeks away and voters angry about the sour economy, senate democrats are pushing legislation, a measure they say will create jobs in the u.s. instead of shipping them overseas. >> we should reward american companies that keep good paying jobs in america. that is what the tax code should reward. >> democrats say tax cuts would be ended for businesses and it would offer incentives for companies that bring work back home. >> who in the world believes we should be rewarding corporations in our country for shipping jobs overseas? republicans >> say it is nothing more than political gamesmanship by democrats eager to save their own jobs and are expected to block the bill in a vote today. >> this could hinder job creation in america and send american jobs overseas currently. >> it would lead to a net decrease in american jobs. >> the u.s. chamber of commerce is also strongly opposed to this bill.
is finishing up a trip to try to get democrats to the polls in november. kate amara has more. >> good morning. the president is in iowa this morning. he is doing more of the back toward discussions with voters about the economy. an on-campus rally at the university of wisconsin. >> i don't know about you, but i am fired up. [cheers] >> president obama trying to re-energize voters ahead of the crucial midterm elections. >> we face another test on november 2. the stakes could not be higher. >> the campaigner-in-chief is hoping to get younger voters and other backers to cast ballots in november, telling this crowd to get to work and stay involved. >> the biggest mistake we can make right now is to let disappointment or frustration lead to apathy and indifference. that is how the other side wins. >> the president's party needs polls. a gallup poll finding republicans lead the way in voter enthusiasm 47% to 28%. political strategists know the outcome of the midterms often hinges on turnout. >> i think what he needs to do is to communicate to young people, to young voters that even though it is not
show the public still remains skeptical. kate amara joins us live from our washington bureau with more on the story. >> the white house is reintroducing the health-care overhaul. this comes six months after it was signed into law. >> we are done. >> on thursday, health care reform turns six months old. the president will highlight the patient's bill of rights. >> he will talk about how reform is already changing people's lives for the better. >> several changes take effect on thursday. parents can in sure their children through the age of 25. >> we're putting an end to that. >> and making preventative care a priority. most must pay 100% for a list of services. >> it is better to keep children healthy in the first place. >> six months after the law was signed, the public still does not know what is in it. republicans have pledged to repeal it or try to starve the programs of funding. the administration believes that strategy will backfire since it will mean taking benefits away from consumers. kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news. >> how does the president planned to mark the milestone today? >>
this morning. >> and finishing up a trip to try to get democrats to the polls in november. kate amara is live with details cahill. >> good morning. president obama is in iowa this morning. he is having more backyard discussion with voters. he is trying to boost turnout in november. a rally at the university of wisconsin. >> i am fired up. >> president obama trying to reach energize voters ahead of the crucial midterm elections. >> we face another test on november 2. the stakes could not be higher. >> hoping to get younger voters cast ballots in november, telling this crowd to get to work and stay involved. >> the biggest mistake we can make is to let frustration lead to apathy and indifference. that is how the other side winds. >> the president's party needs of this winds. republican's lead the way in voter enthusiasm 47% to 27%. the outcome often hinges on turnout. >> what he needs to do is to communicate to young people, to young voters that even though it is not a presidential election, there is so much at stake and on the line. >> this was the first of four large rallies that was planned.
returns and a stunning upset for the gop. i am kate amara. >> a female sports reporter said she was sexually harassed inside an nfl locker room. we want to know what you think about this topic. >> it was more appropriate for you to read. there is a chill in the air today. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today in hd. >> do you want to go? >> good morning. i am stan stovall. >> and i'm mindy basara. tony pann has a quick look at today's forecast. >> it is crisp out there. i love this time of year. it is a beautiful morning. you might want to take a light jacket with you. the barometric pressure is 30.01. it will be around 80 today. under mostly sunny skies. we do have a little bit of rain in the seven-day forecast and three tropical storms to talk about. first we say good morning to sarah. >> we have quite a bit happening. and on the inner loop at the key bridge, there is an accident and taking up the right lane as you approach mid span.
to america the gop will put in place if they get control of congress. kate amara has more. >> good morning. this applies to a market is kind of like a sequel to the contract with america. it is a campaign platform that is designed to show voters the gop is ready to govern. >> a pledge to america. >> the pledge to a market is rolled out today. it is designed to win control of congress. >> it is important a party stand for something besides the other guy is no good. >> cut spending, repealed the health clear law, extend the bush tax cuts. >> the american people understand it is the economy, stupid. >> the pledge will come in handy on the campaign trail back called. >> everytime they are asked what you stand for, and now they will have talking points. >> some conservatives think it does not go far enough. some democrats say it goes back too far. >> the argument would be going against the policies of the previous administration. >> republican leaders say this plan was created after consulting with voters. it will be unveiled at a hardware store in suburban virginia. kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news
up votes, and hoping to get his message into your living room. i'm kate amara in washington. >> well, a flat performance by ravens quarterback joe flacco makes for a very tough day in cincinnati for the ravens. we'll recap the highlights of yesterday's bump in the road for our ball club. >> and within or lose, the games this weekend provided a big boost to baltimore businesses. i'm kim dacey. that story is straight ahead. >> and the srm officially winds down. can we continue the trend of perfect temperatures and clear skies? the insta-weather plus forecast as 11 news today continues right now. >> good morning. i'm mindy basara. >> i'm stan stovall. thanks for joining us for 11 news today. >> tony pann has a check of the forecast. >> no pressure, mindy, huh? you want perfect temperatures and clear skies. >> you can deliver that, i know you can. >> you're right, i can. autumn does begin wednesday night. we're counting down. the equinox is at -- >> party at your house. >> it is a big meteorological party. i don't know if you guys are invited. it's kind of wild. you know those e
. a poll shows democratic are facing tough times. >> 11 news washington bureau reporter kate amara has details. >> good morning stan, the president unveiled more of his economic strategy highlighting tax breaks. giving some, taking some away. >> president obama back on the road. hoping to score political points in the process. >> yes we can! yes we can! >> in ohio today he's set to announce a $200 billion tax cut for businesses allowing firms to write off 100% on new equipment and painting republicans as the party of no. >> their slogan is, no, we can't. no, no, no. >> officials say president obama will also argue against tending the bush era income tax cuts for the nation's richest families. >> the white house trying to change the narrative in the runup to the midterm elections. >> it's an important strategy, but just different to do. after labor day voters become cynical. >> republicans argue democrats need to stop spending. >> jobs are the number one issue in this campaign. >> both parties using the economy to try to gain ground in november. in washington, i'm kate amara. wbal-tv 11
trying to get democrats to the polls in november. kate amara is in washington with this report. >> good afternoon, sarah. more backyard discussions with voters about the economy. a campus rally at the university of wisconsin -- >> i don't know about you, but i am fired up. >> president barack obama trying to excite voters. >> we face another test. the stakes could not be higher. >> hoping to get young voters and other backers to cast ballots in november, telling this crowd to get to work and stay involved. >> the biggest mistake that we could make it is to let frustration and lead to in difference. >> the party needs this push for support at the polls according to recent surveys, a gallup poll showing republicans lead the way in its enthusiasm. political strategists know the outcome of the midterm often hinges on it turnout. >> he needs to communicate to young people, too young voters, that even though it is not a presidential election, there is so much on the line. >> this is a first of four large rallies planned for the president. >> thanks. president obama is making his presence know
is straight ahead. >> i am kate amara in washington with the senate debates to keep jobs out of the cou.
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underway. kate amara joins us live with more on the story. >> as lawmakers get ready to give back to work, democrats and republicans are sparring over the bush tax cuts. congress returns to the nation's capital with an aggressive agenda, tackling legislation and the midterm elections. the economy is issued number one. >> i want to do something for all americans that pay taxes. if we extend the tax cuts, we should extend the current tax rates to all americans. >> all parties showing they have what it takes to turn the economy around. >> jobs have been created. we are not where we want to be. we want to get the 8 million jobs back that were lost under the bush administration. >> the president is trying to push his economic strategy. expect a battle over tax incentives for small businesses. >> republicans want to keep the bush tax cuts in place. democrats want to eliminate them. it is a good defining issue just before an election. >> it would cause $4 trillion to extend tax cuts to everybody. kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news. >> could we see a compromise on the fate of the tax cuts? >> it could b
. >> i am kate amara in washington, where democrats and republicans are locked in a fight over york tax bill. >> a hard-fought battle in the mail winds brought the ravens an opening night went and silenced the one of the war of the new york jets. we'll have highlights. >> will the weather played a factor in today's primary election? [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today in hd. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. >> and i am stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> like the old nfl films there. "we went to the meadowlands. frozen tundra." you have to love that. we will do sports soon. >> i want to hear about the rain in the forecast. >> yes, it sure you do. temperatures are in the but on the cool side. you might want to take a light jacket with you. it will get warmer this afternoon. we will see high temperatures in the upper 70's and low 80's. a mix of sun and clouds. we will show with the seven-day forecast and give you the lat
cuts expire december 31. kate amara joins us live with more on that. no surprise there. >> there was a chance they could have acted on it, but senate democrats decided to say they will not pick up the talf until the lame-duck session. no vote on tax cuts until after the midterm. democratic leader blamed the delay on uncooperative republicans. the issue is on the minds of voters. >> make the tax cut permanent. >> the gop wants tax cuts extended across the board. it is a key component of the pledge to america. >> massive uncertainty for job creators. the american people are suffering. >> democrats say the agenda is a step in the wrong direction. >> their plan would take us back to the bush years. >> relief is on the way for some. a jobs bill designed to cut taxes and create jobs. >> 500,000 jobs without adding to the deficit. >> it is a $42 billion bill. the president is expected to sign it into law on monday. kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news. >> what happens if lawmakers don't act on the tax cuts by december 31? >> if they did not send a bill to the president, the tax rate in
their session early. kate amara has more on the story. >> with control of congress on the line, the president meets with top democrats for one last strategy session. lawmakers are preparing to head home. >> the bill is passed. >> house lawmakers also passed a to 9/11 first responders and survivors. >> help is on the way. we passed your bill in the house of representatives. >> but lawmakers are leaving d.c. without addressing the bush-era tax cuts. dozens of house democrats, many in tight races, broke ranks and sided with the republicans, voting against adjourning the session without voting on the tax-cut extension. >> it's irresponsible for them to leave town without giving us a fair up-or-down vote. they're turning their backs on the american people. >> political analysts say the issue underscores the division among democrats just five weeks before a high-stakes election. >> the states across the country that are generally considered swing states are all leaning to republicans right now. and the only states that are leaning to democrats tend to be very traditional democratic states. >> today
to give his party another victory at the pole. kate amara joins us live with more. >> president obama will be pushing his economic message this week during a four-state .ampaign swing that s president obama signs the small business jobs bill into law democrats show they are focused on revving up a sputtering economy. >> we have to keep pushing growth to create the jobs and prepare the job the recession has done. >> campaign stops are planned to help push democrats over the top in november. >> we will continue to focus on clean energy jobs and we will continue to focus on the economy. >> republicans believe the economy is issue number one. >> we have to do something to keep the economy moving. >> voters will be looking for a change. >> they know the way to change is to change the congress. you don't get to make changes unless you get elected. >> the president will be focusing on a group that helped get him elected, young voters. there are a series of rallies planned on college campuses. back to you. >> with lawmakers focused on the midterm election, is there any government getting them
of distractions while driving. kate amara has more. good morning. >> the federal government is teaming up with aaa the latest push to curb this dangerous and growing trend. take two to turn off your cell phone. young drivers are being asked to make that pledge today. >> for every two seconds the take your eyes from the road, you double your crash risk. you cannot injured or kill someone. >> -- you can injure or kill someone. >> 84% note is dangers. >> drive. put down your cell phone. i know teenagers feel that they donot multitask, they canno both. they cannot. the percentages are off the charts in terms of teenagers who drive with other teenagers in cars. the risk escalates. >> this date may be targeted two teenagers, but is a reminder to drivers of all ages. keep your eyes and attention on the roads and keep the destruction turned off. aaa said parents can help by modeling good behavior. if your kids seem texting while driving, they will think it is ok to do. kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news. >> thank you and have a great weekend. >> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morni
companies that ship jobs overseas. kate amara joins us live from our washington bureau with more on the story. >> good morning. senate democrats are hoping today's test vote will help them score points with voters back home. with the midterm elections five about the sour economy, senate democrats are pushing legislation, a measure they say will create jobs in the u.s. instead of shipping them overseas. >> we should reward american companies that keep good-paying jobs in america. that is what the tax code should reward. >> democrats say tax cuts would be ended for businesses, and they would offer incentives for companies that bring work back home. >> who in the world believes we should be rewarding corporations in our country for shipping jobs overseas? >> republicans say it is nothing more than political gamesmanship by democrats eager to save their own jobs and are expected to block the bill in a vote today. >> this could hinder job creation in america and send american jobs overseas. >> it would lead to a net decrease in american jobs. >> the u.s. chamber of commerce bill. it
election now kicks into high gear. democrats are fighting to keep control of congress. kate amara has the story. >> it is all about jobs this week for president obama. creating jobs for americans who are out of work, and saving jobs for democrats in congress. president is taking his fight for control of congress on the road. stopping in a crucial battleground states and focused on the economy and jobs. >> i knew it would take time to reverse the damage of a decade worth of policies that saw to few people being able to climb into the middle kansas. >> the president is rolling out a plan for new business tax breaks. in wisconsin on monday, announcing an idea to jump-start job growth by fixing roads and runways. >> we all knew that it would take more time than any of us want to dig ourselves out of this call. >> the infrastructure plant was immediately criticized by republicans in congress. americans are skeptical about government asking for money, said mitch mcconnell. >> stimulus spending, government takeovers have all failed our nation. >> these proposals need republican support to pa
watched report. kate amara joi us live this morning with more on the story. >> good morning. economists are predicting who will see a slight increase on the unemployment rate. private-sector likely edit 41,000 jobs last month. more temporary census jobs ended and companies continue to hold back on hiring. investors looking for hints on the health of the economy get result as the latest check up with the august unemployment numbers picked but the real thing we want to watch is what is happening private sector hiring. >> analysts expect to see a sharp drop in employment. the u.s. economy shedding jobs for the third month in a row. >> we believe the unemployment rate will stay elevated for a long time. >> there are some signs of strength. gains in consumer spending and manufacturing. new jobless claims dropped from the week before. the economy is headed and the right direction. >> albeit not as quickly as anybody would like to see. >> fueling fears a weak labor market threading to derail the recovery. >> we need consumer spending to rise and a much faster rate. the issue is it is probably
bureau reporter kate amara joins us live this morning with more on this. good morning, kate. >> hey, good morning, mindy. good morning, stan. lots of twists and turns in this story. and whether or not this pastor actually plans to burn a koran tomorrow is unclear, but what is quite clear is that just the threat tv has sparked outrage around the world. after canceling a koran burning on the anniversary of 9/11, florida pastor terry jones now says he's reconsidering. >> now we're some somewhat in a state of limbo, and we have to rethink, of course, our position. >> earlier, the minister announced he was calling off the event, saying a muslim leader promised a proposed islamic center near ground zero would be moved, but the imam behind that project denied there was ever any deal. >> my major concern with moving it is that the headline in the islam world is we're under attack in america. >> this drew condemnation from around the world. the pastor's plan sparked protests in pakistan. a visit from the f.b.i., and a personal call from the defense secretary to stand down. >> the potential ripple
. getting a passage from lady ga gant kate amara joins us live with more on that story. good morning kate. >> gong to you, stan. this is a makeup you don't see every day. lady gaga versus senator john mccain. they are battling over the future of don't ask, don't tell. >> instead of pop music, it was politics in portland, maine. lady gaga making a monster of a push to reappeal don't ask, don't tell. >> we are going to war for you and you and you and you and you, but not you, because you're gay. >> the grammy winner joining forces with veterans who were dismissed because of the policy and calling on two senators to pass legislation to lift it. >> i'm here because don't ask, don't tell is wrong. it's unjust. [applause] >> this defense authorization bill includes an item that would lay the ground work that would reappeal don't ask, don't tell and is up for a key vote in the senate today. >> it will send an important message that we as a nation stand behind them and appreciate our -- their service. >> republicans are calling this a democratic floy sway voters in an eflexion year. >> what they
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could mean good things for baltimore. >> i am kate amara. american firms keeping from sending out of the country. >> in the middle river, there is one early morning accident. is one early morning accident. that's in andy harris' unfair tax plan. 23% sales tax. a 23% sales tax will cut my business in half. would be devastating. andy harris' 23% sales tax absolutely makes no sense. 23% sales tax would really make things unaffordable. that's too high for the average american out here. i don't know how we would manage it really. don't like that idea. we can't afford andy harris' idea. i'm frank kratovil and i approve this message. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today in hd. >> good morning. i'm jennifer franciotti. >> and i am stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> tony pann has a quick look at today's forecast. er thenit is dry ai er thenit is dry ai
are next. >> it appears that koran burning protest has been put on hold, or has it? i'm kate amara in washington. >> so far this morning, northbound 795 is shut down for an accident. we'll get you updated on that we'll get you updated on that and have the rest of my commute home to the eastern shore every night only takes an hour but that's more time than congress spends reading massive spending bills, it's crazy. that's why i wrote a law that requires 72 hours to read every bill. i read the big bills and i said no. no to the $3 trillion budget, no to the bank bailout, and no to the health care bill. at home you would never pay a bill without reading it neither should congress. i'm frank kratovil and i approve this message because i'm proud to be ranked one of the most independent members of congress.
kate amara is in our washington bure with the latest. >> good morning stan and mindy. ahead of the protest planned for this weekend there are mounting concerns about safety at home and abroad. the state department has ordered u.s. ambassadors around the world to take safety amid the cuaron-burning. >> the fact is it will have potentially great harm for our troops. >> leaders across the world are condemning the saturday burning to protest the anniversary of 9/11. >> we have to make sure our country known around the world as a place where liberty of religion and respect and love for your neighbor, where these things are the most prominent in our society. >> despite pressure to step down, the leader of the small church is proceeding forward. >> as of right now we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing. >> but pastor terry jones will have to do it without the help of the internet. >> we feel that's an vice of our freedom of expression and freedom of speech. >> the company decided to cans the site after investigating complaints and determining the site violated th
and take some away. i'm katie hoff in washington with the president's -- i'm kate amara in washington with the president's announcement. >> and an update >> good morning. i'm mindy basara. >> and i'm stan stovall. thank you for joining us for 11 news today. >> tony pann? >> a little warm yesterday. we hit 90 degrees again. we broke the old record. 55 days that we've hit 90 degrees, a record for us near baltimore. today we'll be close. upper 80's. tomorrow we'll have a cold front coming will
figures are due out today. >> this will give a new snapshot of the pace of recovery. kate amara joins us from our washington bureau with some details. >> economist predict an increase in the unemployment rate, saying that while the private sector likely edit 41,000 jobs last month, more temporary census jobs and did. investors looking for hints of the health of the economic get the results with the august unemployment numbers. >> what we want to watch is what is happening with private sector hiring. >> analysts expect to see a sharp drop in employment with the u.s. economy shedding jobs for the third month in a row. >> we believe the unemployment rate will stay elevated for a long time. >> there are some signs of strength. gains in manufacturing and consumer spending. new jobless claims from the week before. the economy is headed in the right direction. >> not as quickly as anybody would like to say. >> fueling fears a weak labor market threatening to derail the recovery. >> we need consumer spending to continued to raise. that will probably not happen anytime soon. abdallah said if thes
a controversy as he moves forward with plans to burn copies of the cuaron. kate amara joins us live from our washington bureau with more on this story. zphathe >> good morning, mindy. ahead of this protest, plans for security at home and abroad. >> the state department ordered ambassadors around the world to take action and precautions amid the fact that the cuaron burning -- leaders from around the world and across the political and religious spectrum are condemning the plan to protest 9/11. >> we have to make sure our country is known around the world as a place where liberty of religion and respect and love for your neighbor are the most prominent in our society. >> despite pressure to back down, the leader of the small florida church is moving forward. >> so as of right now, we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing. >> but pastor terry jones will have to do it without the internet since his website was canceled. >> we feel that is an indirect of course, violation of our freedom of expression, freedom of speech. >> a spokesperson for the web post says the site was cancele
'm kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news. >> a federal judge in california dechairs the u.s. military's ban on openly gay service members is unconstitutional. a u.s. district court judge says she'll grant a request for an injunction, halting the government's don't ask, don't tell policy for gays in the military. she believes the policy does not help and instead has a "direct and difficult paris effect on the armed services." government lawyers argue they should usual a nationwide up junction and believes the issue should be dealt with by congress. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. do you agree that the military's don't ask, don't tell policy is unconstitutional? email your response to watercooler@wbaltv.com. many had still grieving their losses after the fires in west baltimore. >> the fires on north calhoun street and north kerry street lasted for much of the evening wednesday. 11 news reporter jennifer franciotti joins us live from the devastating scene this morning with the very latest. good morning, jen. >> good morning. fire investigators are still looking for a c
election, and thger is brewing back home. >> kate amara has more. >> lawmakers are preparing to head home. >> the bill is passed. >> lawmakers passed a bill to provide free health care to 9/11 responders. >> we passed the bill in the house of representatives. >> but lawmakers are not addressing the bush tax cuts. many broke ranks and sided with the republicans, voted against adjourning this session without voting on the extension. >> if you are responsible for them to leave town without giving a vote, you're turning your backs on the american people. >> five weeks before a high- stakes election. >> the states across the country that are considered swing states are leaning towards republicans. the only states leading to democrats tend to be democratic states. >> the meeting will give leaders and the president a chance to discuss their agenda. 68 degrees on tv hill. the fda issues a warning concerning a popular baby product. details are straight ahead. >> this is a live look at traffic. you can see how slowly the cars are moving. traffic is going to be impacted this morning. america saves o
. details, next. >> i'm kate amara in washington. a florida's church's rerefusal to stepdown has a stepup to keep americans safe. >> and right now off to a good >> and right now off to a good start. >> good morning. i'm mindy basara. >> and i'm stan stovall. thank you for joining us for 11 news today. >> meteorologist tony pann has your forecast. when you walk out, you're going to feel a little chill. >> we made it into the 90's again yesterday.
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